Kristin Bauer Van Straten
American film and television actress Kristin Bauer Van Straten, who has been in the business since her early 20’s, is most known for her role as Pam, the vampire co-owner of Bon Temps’ Fangtasia bar, in True Blood.
Born and raised in Racine County, Wisconsin, Kristin had an idyllic childhood centered around nature and animals. In junior high, she got interested in the arts, specifically drawing, and being done with academics, after graduation, she compiled a portfolio and applied to a fine arts school in St. Louis, Boston, and New York, of which she attended all three until in 1993, Kristin decided to pursue a career in acting and moved to Los Angeles, California. While juggling her various odd jobs, she was asked to become part of a movie which earned her more in a day then was getting in a month. She still continued drawing and painting while she began appearing on television and in film during the mid-‘90s. , making her small screen debut in a 1994 episode of L.A. Law. Her first major television break came the following year when she hired to portray flight attendant Maggie Reynolds on the FOX comedy The Crew, which lasted one season. In 1996, Kristin appeared as “Man Hands” Gillian, Jerry’s girlfriend on Seinfeld.
Throughout the years, she has played a few other series regulars, including Geneva Renault, the buxom secretary of a high-tech security agency, on the short-lived action drama Total Security, Candy Cooper in the CBS family drama That’s Life, and the sexy softball “porn mom” on the NBC comedy Hidden Hills. In 2008, Alan Ball tapped her to co-manage the vampire bar Fangtasia with the formidable Viking Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) on HBO’s original drama True Blood.
Today, she lives in Los Angeles with her musician, South African husband, Abri van Straten, and two rescued dogs. She splits her time between shooting, painting, and trying to bring light to things that should not be happening. She works with IFAW, The Amanda Foundation and other charities. Nature and animals are her greatest passion as they “Have always given selflessly to me, so much more than I ever could have dreamed or given back. Mother nature is the greatest, most magical art I have ever seen.”